THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA
1954, Park Circus , 128 min, United States, Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz returns to the show business milieu of ALL ABOUT EVE for this story of a filmmaker (Humphrey Bogart, playing a slightly modified version of Mankiewicz himself) who discovers a peasant girl (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub and transforms her into a star. Before long Bogart falls in love with his creation, but his possessiveness and the pressures of stardom send her frantically looking for an escape.


THE DARK HALF
1993, Park Circus/MGM, 122 min, USA, Dir: George A. Romero

Stephen King used a pseudonym to pen some of his bleakest work, a situation that inspired this tale of two authors. When Maine writer Thad Beaumont (Timothy Hutton) decides he’s through using the name “George Stark” to churn out thrillers, he tries to bury his alter ego, but Stark (also played by Hutton) responds with a murderous rampage. Costarring Amy Madigan, Michael Rooker and Julie Harris.


KILL, BABY…KILL!
OPERAZIONE PAURA
1966, Kino Lorber, 83 min, Italy, Dir: Mario Bava

Forget the ridiculous title – this exquisite Gothic brings together several of Bava’s major themes: a murdered child who returns from the grave to exact vengeance, and a village blighted by its own ignorant evil. One of the most atmospheric, effective ghost stories ever filmed. Another of Bava’s efforts that was plagued with money problems, you would never know it from his use of the evocative, antiquated locations and the astonishingly superior camerawork. At times it assumes the hypnotic complexities of an M.C. Escher drawing, suffused from beginning to end with another superb Carlo Rustichelli score. With Erika Blanc, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart. "The last great piece of suggestive horror filmmaking." - Tim Lucas, The Darkside.


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